On March 4th, ViacomCBS will transform CBS All Access into Paramount+, but first it's telling investors all the details about its new streaming plans, similar to events we saw before Disney, HBO and Comcast all launched their respective internet TV efforts.
Ahead of the event, the company's fourth quarter results touted CBS All Access and Showtime streaming recording their best quarter for sign-up ever, with global streaming customers growing 56 percent from last year to 30 million total, with 19.2 million in the US.
According to ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, the "mountain of content" includes more than 30,000 episodes of TV shows, 2,500 movies, and 1,000 sporting events available via streaming. That's before the 36 original series planned to launch this year, including a new reality series every month, and the long-in-development Halo series that had been headed to Showtime. A full list of the original content announced today is available here (PDF).
The company also announced pricing for the new service. An ad-supported $5 streaming tier won't available at launch in March, as the only option will be the $10 premium subscription that includes more live sports, news and live TV, without streaming ads. The cheaper option launches in June. As far as where it's available, ViacomCBS said CBS All Access will rebrand in the US, Latin America and Canada on March 4th, before Paramount+ launches in the Nordics on March 25th and Australia later this year.
Paramount is planning to stream "select" movies within 30 to 45 days after their theatrical release, with other new movies coming to Paramount+ 90 days after their initial release. That includes flicks like A Quiet Place Part II, and Mission Impossible 7 which will premiere 45 days later.
Paramount+ will also be home to a new Beavis & Butthead movie, a weekly series from Daily Show host Trevor Noah, and the return of Inside Amy Schumer. The streamer will also be the first place viewers can see Star Trek: Prodigy, before the CG series airs on Nickelodeon, a new Rugrats series, and it's getting a revival of Frasier that will once again star Kelsey Grammer.
Paramount+ to feature massive content catalog of more than 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus around-the-clock news coverage
Select Paramount Pictures films to stream on Paramount+ following a short theatrical release, including A Quiet Place Part II, PAW PATROL: The Movie and Mission: Impossible 7
Over 50 original series to premiere on Paramount+ over next two years, including Halo, Frasier, Criminal Minds, iCarly, The Real World, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, shows from the Avatar, Yellowstone, Star Trek and SpongeBob SquarePants universes and more
Paramount+ to feature depth of content across key genres, including 7,000 episodes of kids’ content, 5,000 episodes of reality and 6,000 episodes of comedy
Marquee sporting leagues and events on the service include the NFL, Masters, PGA TOUR, NCAA, SEC, The PGA Championship, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, National Women’s Soccer League, Concacaf and more
News offerings available include renowned CBS News programs, new series such as 60 Minutes+, live streams of local affiliates in over 200 markets across the U.S. and the 24-hour streaming news service CBSN
Paramount+ to launch in the U.S. on March 4, 2021 with broad distribution and leading launch sponsors, including General Motors, Expedia and Procter & Gamble
Paramount+ will introduce two pricing tiers in the U.S.: A premium plan at $9.99 per month and an ad-supported base plan at $4.99 per month available in June
Paramount+ to debut in Latin America and Canada on March 4, 2021, the Nordics on March 25, 2021 and Australia later this year, capitalizing on ViacomCBS’ global production capabilities, infrastructure and reach with additional markets to be announced